Do you pitch to Vlad?

Do you pitch to Vlad?

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 00:54
OK, White Sox fans. You make the call. In case you missed Monday night's Sox-Angels game, let's go to the bottom of the fifth inning. With the White Sox holding a 4-2 lead, Los Angeles' first two hitters reach on infield singles and are sacrificed up a base. That brings Vladimir Guerrero to the plate. What to do? Intentional walk, right? Manager Ozzie Guillen opts to pitch to the all-star slugger, and Sox starter Mark Buehrle's plan of attack is to "pitch around'' Guerrero. The first pitch is a ball, and the second one is well inside. No matter, Guerrero clubs it to left field for a 3-run homer and the Angels go on to win. Baseball is a competitive game, but sometimes it's just better to have the catcher stick out his arm four straight times and go get the next hitter. Actually, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski had no problem pitching to Guerrero, who went deep for the first time since April 25. "We already got him out twice before that (Monday night),'' Pierzynski said. "That pitch he hit was a foot inside. You throw him a pitch a foot outside, he probably hits it out to right. That just shows you how good he is.'' And it just shows you why baseball has the most second-guessing of any sport.
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